Zimbabwe Extends School Holidays After Covid-19 Surge


Authorities in Harare have delayed the opening of schools due after the country registered a sharp rise in covid-19 infections.

“In light of the surge in Covid-19 infections and the new and more contagious variants of the disease, as well as the threat posed by Cyclone Chalane, government has seen it fit to deviate from the previously announced 2021 school calendar,” the Ministry Primary and Secondary Education has confirmed in a statement.

Schools in Zimbabwe were scheduled to open on the 4th of January.

Only exam-writing classes -both Ordinary and Advanced Level- will resume on the 5th of January and the 5th of February respectively.

The dates for the re-opening of all primary and secondary schools will be announced “in due course as government monitors the situation”.

“In the meantime, heads of schools should continue with preparations for the safe opening of schools and the accelerated implementation of teaching and learning activities,” the Ministry added.

Zimbabwe has 13,148 confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 354 deaths as of December 30, 2020.